A hybrid eclipse of the Sun occurred on Sunday 29 March, 1987 UT, with maximum eclipse at 12:48 UT. A fleeting hybrid eclipse covered only a tiny path, just 5 km wide and lasted for a brief 8 seconds at the point of maximum eclipse.

The hybrid eclipse lasted for 8 seconds. Maximum eclipse was at 12:48:52 UT.

During this eclipse the Sun was 0.534° in apparent diameter, around average. The Moon was just 4 days past perigee, making it relatively large. At the start and end of the eclipse, the Moon was 0.526°, which is smaller than the Sun; hence the eclipse was annular at that point. However, at maximum eclipse the Moon was 0.535° in apparent diameter, which is 0.7% larger than average, large enough to cover the Sun; and so a total eclipse was seen at that point. Thus this was a hybrid eclipse. The statistics page has information on the ranges of the sizes of the Sun and Moon.

Interactive Map

This map shows the visibility of the eclipse. The area shaded blue saw a total eclipse, and the areas shaded red saw an annular eclipse; however, near the edges of each area, the eclipse was very short. The bold line shows the centre of the path, where the eclipse lasted longest.

Use the zoom controls to zoom in and out; hover your mouse over any point on the centreline to see the time and duration of the eclipse at that point. You can pan and zoom the map to see detail for any part of the eclipse path.

Overview Map

This map sourced from NASA's Eclipse Web Site shows the visibility of the hybrid solar eclipse. It also shows the broader area in which a partial eclipse was seen. (Click on it for the full-sized version.)

Eclipse Season and Saros Series

This eclipse season contains 2 eclipses:

This was the 50th eclipse in solar Saros series 129.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 12:48:52 on 29 Mar UT TDT Date/time (max) 12:49:47 on 29 Mar TDT
Saros Series 129 Number in Series 49
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 1.0013
Gamma -0.3053 Path Width (km) 5
Delta T 0m55s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 0m08s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 149361895 km (46.9%) Moon Distance 378258 km (43.5%)
Sun Diameter 0.534° Moon Diameter 0.526° - 0.535°
Perigee 19:04 on 24 Mar UT Apogee 06:37 on 6 Apr UT

Note that while all dates and times on this site (except where noted) are in UT, which is within a second of civil time, the dates and times shown in NASA's eclipse listings are in the TDT timescale.

The Sun and Moon distances are shown in km, and as a percentage of their minimum - maximum distances; hence 0% is the closest possible (Earth's perihelion, or the Moon's closest possible perigee) and 100% is the farthest (aphelion, the farthest apogee). The statistics page has information on the ranges of sizes of the Sun and Moon.

Data last updated: 2015-06-21 22:11:46 UTC.